Winnipeg, MB- Sensei Michael Hayashi passed away peacefully on Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre after losing his short battle with cancer.
Sensei Michael was born on April 26, 1965 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Like many Japanese-Canadians, he grew up in the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist home. His grandfather, with whom he lived, was the lay-minister at the Thunder Bay Buddhist Church. This connection would become the roots for his future.
In 1992, Sensei Michael attended Lakehead University receiving a Honours Bachelors of Arts in English and Education. With the encouragement of his family he went on to study at Ryokoku University in 1997 where he received a Master of Arts in Jodo Shinshu Theology.
Following graduation, Sensei Michael became a minister at the Buddhist Federation of Alberta (1997-2000), the B.C. Interior Shin Buddhist Temples (2000-2004). In 2010, he accepted a position at the Toronto Buddhist Temple and moved to Winnipeg in 2014 to become the minister of the Manitoba Buddhist Temple.
Sensei Michael is survived by his wife Kiyomi, three sons (Brandon, Justin, Ethan), mother Chiyeko (Roy Masuda), sister Kelly Dulude and step-brother Kenji (Nicole) Masuda and uncles Tosh and Bruce (Jean Ann) Hayashi, aunts Catherine (Lorne) and Debra Hayashi, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service is planned for Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the Manitoba Buddhist Temple, 39 Tecumseh Street, Winnipeg, MB at 7:00 pm.< back to obituary listing